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Professor Gabriel Egan

Job: Professor of Shakespeare Studies

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7158

E: gegan@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.gabrielegan.com


Personal profile

I research and teach on Shakespeare, theatre history from 1500 to 1700, book printing and publishing from 1500 to 1700 and critical theory (especially Marxism and ecocriticism)

Research group affiliations

Centre for Textual Studies

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

1) Journal article: "Press Variants in Q2 Hamlet." Studies in Bibliography, forthcoming in 2013.

2) Journal article: "Editorial Treatment of Press Variants: Q2 Hamlet as a Test Case" Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 106 (2013): 311-55

3) "Precision, Consistency, and Completeness in Early Modern Playbook Manuscripts: The Evidence from Thomas of Woodstock and John a Kent and John a Cumber." The Library Seventh Series 12 (2011): 376-391.

4) Monograph: The Struggle for Shakespeare's Text: Twentieth Century Editorial Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

5) Edited Collection: Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (MRTS) and ITER, 2010)

Areas of teaching

16th-17th century plays in performance and as print editions


BA, MA, and PhD

Courses taught

Text and Text Technologies, History of English, Ways of Reading, Dissertation

Membership of external committees

Since 2011 I have chaired the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Historic Books Advisory Board. This group serves to guide development of JISC's new digital archive of 300,000 books published in England up to 1800. 

Since 2010 I have served on the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Open Access Publishing in European Networks UK (OAPEN UK) Steering Group. This group serves JISC's project to explore in collaboration with commercial publishers of Humanities and Social Science monographs the financial models for Open Access publication of such books

Membership of professional associations and societies

Shakespeare Society of America, 2004-, The largest Shakespeare society in the world

British Shakespeare Association, 2002-, Britain's Shakespeare association of which I am a trustee

Renaissance Society of America, 2006-, The world's largest society for Renaissance studies

Malone Society, 1996-, A small learned society dedicated to the publication of materials for the study of English Renaissance drama

Society for Theatre Society, 2002-, A small learned society dedicated to the study of the history and technique of British Theatre


I am Principal Investigator on the two-year project "Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT)" which is a collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum to get tourists walking around and learning about the London sites where there were theatres 400 years ago. The project has £331,000 of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding and launches on 23 April 2013; Google the project name to find our website for more details.

Forthcoming events

In July 2013 I will be one of the Visiting Faculty at the Folger Shakespeare Library's National Endowment for the Humanities Summer 2013 Institute on 'Early Modern Digital Agendas' in Washington DC.

Conference attendance

'Quick-and-dirty XML applications for textual analysis': A paper to be delivered in the panel 'Approaches to digitizing texts' at the 'Digital Humanities Congress' at the University of Sheffield 6-8 September 2012

'Where are we now in determining Folio compositor stints?': A paper to be delivered in the seminar 'New Light on the First Folio' at the International Shakespeare Conference at the Shakespeare Institute Stratford-upon-Avon 6-10 August 2012

'Shakespeare, materialism and the evolution of morality': A paper delivered on 15 June at the conference 'Contemporary Shakespeare' held at Hildesheim University 14-16 June 2012

'Testing competing hypotheses about compositorial stints in early printed books using stand-off markup XML': A paper presented on 24 March at the 58th annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Washington DC, 22-24 March 2012

'Shakespeare, emergent self-regulation and sustainability': A paper delivered on 14 March at the symposium 'Sustainable Humanities: Literature, Film and Eco-criticism' at Utrecht University 14-15 March 2012

'"He was the author, thou the instrument": What did the early modern theatre company do to the dramatists' scripts?": A talk delivered to the Society for Theatre Research at 5pm on 19 January 2012 at Swedenborg Hall London

Recent research outputs

All my outputs are in DORA, the university's Institutional Repository

Consultancy work

Since 2008 I have served as a Peer Review College member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), advising on the technical aspects of funding bids

In 2006-8 I advised the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on the acceptanve of bids (£100,000-£1M) for its 'Digitization Project Phase Two'.

Over the past 10 years I have advised Cambridge University Press, Manchester University Press and Routledge on the acceptance of proposals for the publication of new books.

Current research students

Nicola Boyle, full-time PhD, 1st supervisor

Phil Tromans, part-time PhD, 1st supervisor

Externally funded research grants information

"Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT)", Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Knowledge Transfer Fellowship, start September 2011, end September 2013, I am Principal Investigator, Prof Andrew Gurr (Reading University) is Co-Investigator

Professional esteem indicators

I referee contributions to Shakespeare Quarterly (2005-present)

Case studies

An article discussing my advocacy of paperless scholarship written by Matthew Reisz and entitled "Die hard copy" appeared in the Times Higher Education Supplement on 14 June 2012

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